Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the January theft of 1,500 feet of bare copper wire that had been mistakenly left outside the fenced-in area at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. offices in Finksburg.

Workers discovered the wire was missing when they went to work Jan. 2.

Police said that during the past year, Carroll has experienced numerous thefts of salvageable metal. They believe this theft is related to those incidents.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


HAMPSTEAD -- A 19-year-old Westminster woman was released from the hospital late Monday after being treated for injuries she received Sunday evening when the car she was riding in crashed into a telephone pole on Gorsuch Road.

Police said the accident occurred when the driver of the car, 21-year-old Dwayne Barry Moore, of the 2300 block of Hampstead-Mexico Road, lost control of his 1988 Ford Mustang when he tried to avoid hitting a beer bottle that was in the roadway.

The woman, Melissa Ann Sellers of the 700block of Johahn Drive, was injured when the car slid sideways into autility pole while coming around a curve. The pole snapped at its base when the car hit it, police said.

State police Trooper Timothy Riggleman reported that the car was traveling at an "apparent high rate of speed," after his investigation of the crash.

Sellers was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by a state police helicopter. She was released late Monday, a hospital spokesman said.

Moore was not injured in the accident.


SYKESVILLE -- A burning cigarette that was dropped in an overstuffed chair caused about $5,000 in fire damage to a trailer at the Lakeview Trailer Park Monday, fire officials said.

Beverly Lures, a resident of the park, saw smoke billowing from Glen W. Saylor's trailer when she went to deliver his mail, officials said.

She alerted fire officials and the police.

Saylor, 64, was passed out in the back of the trailer from the toxic fire fumes, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.

He was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore where he was listed in serious condition late Tuesday. A hospital spokesman said he was suffering from smoke inhalation.

Thomas said the fire was brought under control in 15 minutes by firefighters from Gamber, Reese and Sykesville volunteer companies.


Two men who escaped from the Central Laundry Facility in Sykesville March 17 are expected to be charged late this week in connection withthe break-in and fire at Painters Mill Music Fair, a Baltimore County Police spokesman said Tuesday.

Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said themen will be charged on Thursday or Friday with statutory arson and breaking and entering in connection with the fire which caused an estimated $4 million in damage.

The men -- Bradley David Spitler, 19, of Belcamp, Harford County and William Edward Harlow Jr., 20, of Baltimore -- have been charged with escaping from the minimum-security prison March 17.

Police said that after they left the prison, they met up with acquaintances who have already been charged in the blaze.

Police believe the people who started the fire may have taken equipment from the Lippy Bros. farm near Hampstead.

Doarnberger saiditems taken during the break-in at Painter's Mill were recovered in the Carroll home of a relative of one of the escapees.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

March 26

7:57 a.m., Mount Airy responded to an automatic fire alarm on Prospect Road.

8:40 a.m., New Windsor responded to an electrical fire on Bright Spot Drive.

10:10 a.m., Harney responded to a barn fire on Bollinger School Road in Frederick County.

2:19 p.m., Gamber responded to an investigation of smoke on Doe Drive.

3:28 p.m., Westminster responded to an automobile fire on West Main Street.

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